2013 -- S 0639 SUBSTITUTE B
A N A C T
RELATING TO EDUCATION
Introduced By: Senators McCaffrey, Paiva Weed, Ruggerio, Gallo, and DiPalma
Date Introduced: March 06, 2013
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Title 16 of the General Laws entitled "EDUCATION" is hereby amended
by adding thereto the following chapter:
DUAL ENROLLMENT EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACT
16-100-1. Short title. -- This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Dual
Enrollment Equal Opportunity Act.”
16-100-2. Definition.--“Dual Enrollment” means that a student is enrolled in a secondary
school while simultaneously enrolled part-time or full-time at a local institution of higher
learning, such as a community college or university.”
16-100-3. Policy implemented. – (a) The Board of Education shall prescribe by
regulation a statewide dual enrollment policy that shall allow students to enroll in courses at
postsecondary institutions to satisfy academic credit requirements in both high school and the
aforementioned postsecondary institutions. The regulations shall address the postsecondary
institution’s graduation requirements, if any; the institution’s ability to award degrees/certificates
and any other criteria that the Board deems appropriate.
(b) The board shall convene a workgroup, including, but not limited to, representatives
from the department of elementary and secondary education, the office of higher education,
superintendents, school committees, public higher education institutions, guidance counselors,
and teachers. The purpose of the workgroup is to consider and advise the board as to a dual
enrollment policy and its possible effect on school funding pursuant to section 16-7.2, academic
supports, transportation, possible shared costs of the education, possible fee schedules, manners
in which low-income students could access the program and, possible contracted tuition costs
with our public higher education institutions.
16-100-4. Dual enrollment adoption. -- School districts and schools must adopt the
statewide dual enrollment policy promulgated pursuant to this section by June 30, 2015. All
school districts, charter schools, career and technical schools, approved private day or residential
schools and collaborative schools shall be subject to the requirements of this section.
16-100-5. Reporting. -- School districts that have students participating in dual
enrollment programs shall report to the department of elementary and secondary education on an
annual basis regarding the number of students, the number of credits enrolled in at postsecondary
institutions, the name of the institution, and the dollar amount the school district is allocated for
this program. The department of elementary and secondary education shall provide the governor,
president of the senate and speaker of the house a report that shall contain the above information
provided by district and in the aggregate on an annual basis by October 31 of each year,
commencing on July 1, 2016.
SECTION 2: This act shall take effect upon passage.